Status Summary

First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education on 1.14.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 1.28.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.4.19; majority passed and referred to Ways & Means. Referred to Ways & Means on 2.5.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.13.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.25.19; 1st substitute bill passed. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.27.19. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 3.5.19. 1st substitute bill substituted. Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading. Passed on third reading on 3.6.19. In the House: First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 3.8.19. Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 3.15.19. Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 3.20.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 3.22.19; majority pass with amendments. Referred to Appropriations on 3.27.19. Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.5.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.6.19; majority do pass with amendment(s). Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.6.19. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.11.19. Committee recommendations adopted and the bill amended. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.12.19. In the Senate: Senate concurred in House amendments. Passed final passage on 4.22.19. President signed on 4.24.19. In the House: Speaker signed on 4.24.19. Other than legislative action: Delivered to Governor on 4.25.19. (updated 5.3.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Passed

Sponsor

Wellman

Modifies eligibility for early childhood programs to include: 

  • A child who has received early intervention services in the early support for infants and toddlers program and is at least thirty months old by August 31st of the school year.

Allows a child who meets the above criteria to enroll at any time during the year.

Amendments:
 

Updated on 4.12.19:

1st substitute:

  • Added a section allowing enrollment, as space is available, in ECEAP for children who turn three at any time during the school year if the children's family income is at or below 110 percent of the federal poverty level and the children have received early intervention services or have participated in Early Head Start.
  • Clarifies that children enrolled under these circumstances are not considered part of the entitlement.
  • Removes a section adding children who received early intervention services and were at least 30 months by August 31st as a new category of children eligible for the future ECEAP entitlement.

 

House Committee Amendments (Updated on 4.12.19):

  • The maximum household income allowed for a non-entitled 3 year old to be enrolled in the ECEAP at any time during the school year is raised from 110 percent to 200 percent of the FPL.
    • Alternatively, the child may meet one risk factor criterion adopted by the DCYF in rule.
  • Participation in the Birth to Three ECEAP, if such a program is established, is added to the programs the child must have previously received services from or participated in.

Conforming amendments are made in the event that Second Substitute Senate Bill 5437, related to expanding eligibility to the ECEAP, is enacted.